Motivational Monday

Good morning Y’all! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I enjoyed the 3 Day Quote Challenge so much that I have decided to share one motivating quote once a week. I decided on Monday because I think we all need something to get us moving at the beginning of the week! I certainly hope you enjoy the quotes I have chosen and I hope they motivate you as much as they do me!2-quote-about-no-matter-how-impossible-unattainable-or-unim-image-background-image

I hope you have an amazing start to the new week! As always, I would love to read any comments you have and I will respond as quickly as I can. Sending y’all lots of love and comfort every day!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

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Spring is in the air!

Spring-Flowers-Butterflies-2Good evening Y’all! I hope you are having an amazing weekend! I definitely do not want to scare the pretty weather off, but it is looking like spring is finally here! The mornings are a bit chilly, but as the day progresses the temperatures increase as well! Trying to predict what to wear may be frustrating, but these cooler mornings and mild days are so much better than the extreme hot that is expected sooner than later. 

Did you plan to spend your weekend  certain way or were you just be casual and going with the flow? I have found the more I try to plan things for a weekend, the more those things do not actually happen as I wished and I might be left a little disappointed. I have said it before, keeping expectations low will reduce the amount of frustration and disappointment allowed in your life, but I sometimes forget that! It is kind of silly to set ourselves up to any letdown or sorrow. 

empty.jpgThis post may be a little scattered because my thoughts are all over the place, so please forgive me! I have been giving a lot of thought to changing the way my husband and I eat, so we can feel better and be healthier. Do y’all think that Organic Food are a better way to buy foods? I used to buy Organic eggs for my husband’s breakfast, but I have not been making him breakfast in the mornings because of other obstacles. But I am thinking when I do make a nice home cooked meal, maybe buying Organic meats and vegetables would be a better way of cooking? Organic Foods are about 50% more expensive, but if it is healthier it is well worth it. I also am going to try to eliminate cheese from our diets because it causes so much inflammation. Multiple Sclerosis already produces a lot of inflammation, so it would be smart on my part to reduce it as much as I can.

Do y’all certain season that is your favorite? I would say my favorite season is fall because the temperatures are perfect. It is not too cold, like winter can be, it is not too hot like summer always is! My body does not handle any extreme temperatures. If it is too cold, I get tense and then have a lot of pain. On the other hand, if it is too hot I feel so much fatigue and just terrible. I know I sound like Goldilocks right now, but 30 degrees is too cold and 90 degrees is too hot, but 65-70 degrees is just right!

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to your comments. I promise to respond to all of your comments as quickly as I can! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have the ability to do what makes you happy! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

3 Day Quote Challenge

3-Days-3-Quotes-ChallengeHappy Friday Eve Y’all! I hope you have had a wonderful day! Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, it has been a pretty long week!

Sadly, today is the last day of my 3 day quote challenge. I would like to thank the  fabulous Heather and Dizzy https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com and also https://unbreakableyetfragile.com/ for asking me to participate in this challenge. This challenge has been so much fun for me and I hope y’all have enjoyed the quotes I have shared. 

willienelson1My final quote for this challenge is “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson. I love this quote because I am all about positive thinking and do strongly believe it will result in wonderful things! 

 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

On my final day of this challenge, I would like to nominate a few ladies that have great insight and are just all around amazing people! I am really looking forward to reading the quotes y’all have, but please know there is no pressure to participate. I do hope y’all enjoy this challenge as much as I have and find it uplifting!

https://bloggingwithbojana.com/ Bojana

https://msgracefulnot.com/ Grace

https://essexgirllostupnorth.com/ Joanna

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I hope you enjoyed the previous quotes I shared. I hope you have a great evening and I hope your weekend will start off great! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

The 3 Day Quote Challenge Day #2

3-day-quote-challenge-22Happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are having a great day! Thankfully we have almost made it through the week!

Today is my second day of the Quote Challenge and I would like to take this opportunity to thank https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com Heather and Dizzy and  https://unbreakableyetfragile.com/  for asking me to participate in this fun quote challenge. I am actually really enjoying this challenge because I really do love a variety of quotes and they all have special meeting to me. 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

careerlesson_starslandamongToday’s quote is “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.” Les Brown. My grandfather actually said this too me a long time ago before I went to a National Pageant where I was Miss Vermont Teen. This quote has stayed with me all these years later as it is encouraging to never give up, which y’all know I never will give up on anything in life. 

 

 

My fabulous nominees for today are:

http://bethybrightanddark.com/ Bethy

https://hillaryrobyn.com/ Hillary

https://kimc91.wordpress.com/ Kim

I hope today’s nominees enjoy this challenge as much as I am enjoying it, but please know there is absolutely no pressure, I would just love to read some of the quotes that you love because I already know they will be amazing! I hope y’all have a great evening and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Fatigue & MS

F_MSI do not know about y’all, but I definitely find myself feeling a lot more fatigue daily! Of course I do get up extremely early for work and I also tend to get up way too early on the weekends as well, but I just can not seem to help it! About noon each day I find I am struggling to keep my eyes open and stay focused on my work, but it does tend to lessen if I take a break and rest. Of course on the weekends I can take a nap if I need to, but unfortunately I think my boss would frown on that if I took a nap at my desk! I guess it is a good thing that I am not working a full day right now and it seems like 6 hours is long enough for me currently. I am sure over time, I will increase my hours again!

Fatigue is one of the most common MS symptoms and occurs in 80% of MS fighters. There have been studies suggesting that changes in the brain caused by MS may require patients to use five times more effort to complete simple tasks than those without MS. MS FatigueFatigue can significantly interfere with the ability to function both at work and home and is one of the primary causes of early departure from the work place.

There are numerous things that can cause sleep disturbances. Bladder dysfunction may result in nighttime awakening, which of course affects our sleep. Nocturnal muscle spasms also can contribute to sleep deprivation. Muscle Spasms are so incredibly infuriating  and in my experience nothing seems to help them! There is another type of fatigue known as lassitude which is unique to those living with MS. Isn’t that nice that researchers are coming up with additional special treatments for us?! Lassitude is a state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy. Researchers are beginning to outline the characteristics of lassitude or “MS Fatigue” to make it different from fatigue that is experienced by those without MS.

  • Typically occurs on a daily basis
  • May occur in the early morning, despite having a restful night’s sleepFatigue & MS
  • Normally worsens as day progresses
  • Aggravated more by heat and humidity
  • Comes on easily and suddenly
  • Generally more intense that normal fatigue
  • Tends to interfere with daily responsibilities

 

What are some ways to manage fatigue?

  • Occupational Therapy can assist to simplify tasks at home and at work
  • Physical Therapy can help learn energy-saving ways of walking and performing daily tasks. Physical therapy can also help develop a regular exercise program
  • Psychological Interventions include stress management, relaxation training and even support groups
  • Heat Management to develop strategies to avoid overheating and to cool down. With summer right around the corner, this is extremely important as all heat does is destroy any energy we may have!

MS Fatigue 2So let me ask y’all a question about fatigue. If you experience this, does it happen daily or sporadically and what do you do about it? Of course I love to write and read, but sometimes I find it hard to stay focused when reading because I get this sudden feeling of horrible fatigue. I am too stubborn though to know it is probably time to close the book and just rest!!

Y’all probably already know I normally do not do two posts a day, but the first one was for the fun challenge and this one is because I had already started it and wanted to be able to read your comments about fatigue. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit my site and I really enjoy reading your thoughts on specific topics. Also, I always respond to all comments as quickly as I can! I hope you had a great day and I hope your evening is nice and relaxing! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

3 Day Quote Challenge

3 Day Quote Challenge Day #1

I would like to thank https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com: Heather and Dizzy and https://unbreakableyetfragile.com  for asking me to join this fun challenge. For anyone that has not visited these blogs, they are definitely worth checking out because they are both fantastic! I love quotes and feel there is so much meaning behind many of them, so I am excited to be participating in this challenge!

life-isnt-about-waiting-for-the-storm-to-pass-it-about-learning-to-dance-in-the-rain-870x714For day one my quote is “Life Isn’t About Waiting For The Storm To Pass, It’s Learning To Dance In The Rain.”

To be completely honest, I have absolutely no idea who came up with this, I just saw it in a while ago and it stuck with me! This quote means something to me because living everyday with Multiple Sclerosis has it’s fair share of challenges, but I have had to learn how to still carry on with my life and enjoy it as much as possible. Y’all know that I am not one that gives up and will never allow this illness to defeat me !

The Rules for the challenge are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

My Lovely and Amazing Nominees Are:

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/ Toni

https://mswithmsalex.com/ Alex

https://fuckms.ca/ Angela

I hope my nominees will enjoy this fun little challenge. It is something a little different from the normal day-to-day thoughts! I look forward to seeing what quotes stand out to you and the reasons behind them as I am sure they are just as wonderful as each of you!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Dreary Sunday

Well spent SundayGood afternoon Y’all! I hope you have had an incredible weekend! I do believe it is important to live each moment to the fullest, as we do not know what tomorrow may hold for us. I am not saying to dwell on what could happen, but love others and life-like tomorrow does not exist, so there is not anything to regret! No one wants to live with the feeling of regret!

Do y’all do anything special on Sunday in preparation for the week ahead? Is Sunday your day to catch up on rest or get everything done you are not able to do during the week? In the past, I made Sunday my day to get all the cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry done, but now I am making Sunday a day to do things I want, no matter what that is. It may be resting or it may be cleaning, but regardless of what I do, it is not planned like the rest of my week! I think we all need a day that is completely unplanned and definitely not full of chaos. 

Lately I have been once again dealing with some extreme pain and as difficult as it is I am trying to not allow this pain to consume me! It is not easy to fight against the pain, but it does not help matters to give up and sit around crying about it. Tears may fall, but there is no amount of tears that will stop the pain I feel. 

Currently, I have been experiencing something new and I am not sure if it is related to Thoughts arrive like butterfliesthe MS or not. I have lost some of my abilities to taste, which seems a little odd. I did read about this and it can occur due to lesions on the brain. Considering I do not want to think there are new or active lesions, I am choosing to ignore this very mild issue. I am not one that enjoys food, so it does not matter that much! I am just accepting it and moving on!

I have heard from so many people who there must be some kind of special diet I can do for the MS to avoid any new issues. I have to say that is a pretty obnoxious thing to hear so often. In all honesty, there is no special diet that is going to cure MS or prevent further issues from happening. It is very clear for everyone that a well-balanced diet is healthy, but it does not offer a cure for anything! Everyone should already understand that over-eating is not a wise thing to do and will cause weight problems. We can all figure out if anything we eat causes us to feel worse and then we can avoid those specific foods. I am pretty stubborn, so when people are constantly talking to me about what I should eat I do the opposite. My doctors have been on my case for years about what I should weigh, but I hover around the same no matter what I do. I do not normally gain any weight and depending on what I am going through lose weight. Even if according to BMI calculators I am under weight, I feel like I am fine! 

Throughout life we are confronted with so many decisions we have to make. Sometimes we might make the wrong decisions, but that does not mean we have to stop living. I believe that the decisions we make that were not the best choice actually makes us Whispers of your heartstronger. Most of us learn from the bad decisions and hopefully do not make them again. I am a pretty emotional person so most of my decisions come from the heart. However, the bad decisions I make come from  negative feelings and maybe some angry feelings I have! Previously all my decisions surrounding the MS were solely based on fear, but now I am able to make rational and logical decisions about my health care because I educate myself on everything the doctors suggest. I do believe that if we listen more to what our heart is telling us, we will feel happier and more satisfied with life! Our heart knows what is right and wrong! 

Thank you for visiting my site today and I would love to read your thoughts! I learn so much from y’all because you are all so insightful! Most of us are battling with an illness, but we handle it with nothing but grace and strength! Who would have ever thought we had resilience and strength to continue fighting even when we are in so much pain? Not allowing an illness to take control of our daily lives is not easy, but we are all doing it every day and for that we should all be extremely proud! I know this post was a little all over the place, but I had a lot on my mind! I hope the rest of your Sunday is spent doing what makes you smile! A smile can make a big difference in everyone’s life! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Diet with Parkinson’s Disease

april awarenessIt can be so difficult for any of us to find the right diet for any condition we may live with, but it is important to at least try! Diets may contribute a great deal too how our bodies react to the foods we east, so it is best to do all we can to combat any issues!

A common medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease is Levodopa. Levodopa is a protein building block, so it competes for absorption with other proteins. Protein enriched meals reduces the effectiveness of absorbing Levodopa, so it is better to save meat, fish and cheese for dinner time. It is important to take this medication on an empty stomach with 4-5 oz. of water and at least 30 minutes prior to a meal, as this allows the drug to make it to the small intestines and be absorbed faster. However, a carbohydrate snack like crackers, toast or oatmeal can help prevent any nausea the medicine might cause. Iron supplements can decrease absorption of Levodopa, so should be taken separate from medications by at least two hours.

What is the best diet plan for someone with Parkinson’s? Isn’t that the question we all want to know for all illnesses? There really is not a specific diet for those living with Parkinson’s, but a well-balanced and nutritious diet can be very beneficial. A proper diet for anyone will allow our bodies to work more effectively and give us more energy, but a proper diet for those with Parkinson’s can allow their medication to work properly. I have found some good tips that may be helpful:

  • Eat a variety of foods from each good categoryFood Pyramind
  • Maintain healthy weight through a proper balance of diet and exercise. Discovering an exercise regimen that is well tolerated can be difficult, but starting off slow is the best way to start.
  • High-fiber foods such as vegetables, cooked dried beans and peas, whole grain foods, bran, cereals, pasta, rice and fresh fruit.
  • Low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Moderate salt consumption
  • Drink eight oz. glasses of water daily

Ways to control Nausea

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks. Drinks containing sugar may calm stomachs better than other liquids
  • Avoid orange and grapefruit juices because they are very acidic and that can worsen the nausea
  • Drink beverages slowly
  • Eat light, bland food such as saltines or plain bread
  • Avoid fried, greasy or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Eat foods that are either cold or room temperature to avoid any nausea from the smell of foods
  • Rest after eating and keep head elevated
  • If nausea occurs when first awaking in the morning, eat some crackers before getting out of bed or eat a high protein snack before going to bed (lean meat or cheese)
  • If the techniques I have shared do not help the queasy stomach it may be a good idea to share this issue with your doctor and see if they have any other suggestions.

Foods that should be avoided:

  • Cured, fermented or air-dried meats or fish
  • Aged cheeses: Aged cheese, Swiss, Blue cheese and camembert
  • Fermented cabbage: Sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Soy Bean products which includes soy sauce
  • Red Wine and Tap beer

parkinson-imageAfter reading this please remember that I am not a medical professional, I am just wanting to learn as much as I can in order to help those are dealing with this illness. I want to be able to relay as much information to my step father to make his life a little easier as I possibly can! I want him to stay as healthy as possible for as long as he can and if there is something I can do to make this happen, I will!

Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope the information I have provided in this post is helpful to either yourself or someone who you know! Like I have said, I have done a lot of research through various web sites including: https://www.michaeljfox.org/understanding-parkinsons and https://www.medicinenet.com/parkinsons_disease_eating_right  Of course there is a lot more information out there, but those two sites have given me a lot of knowledge. I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend and please know how much I appreciate all of your comments! I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can and please if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Anything I do not know the answers to, I will find answers! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

MS Hug

MS Hug 1Do y’all know what the worst and most unwelcoming hug ever is? The MS Hug is definitely the type of hug none of us really want! It is anything but loving and comforting causing a lot of discomfort and possible pain. The MS Hug is a collection of symptoms that is caused by spasms in the intercostal muscles. The muscles that are involved are located between the ribs. The MS Hug got its “nickname”, so to speak, from the way the pain wraps around the body basically like a hug or a girdle. The involuntary muscle spasms are also referred to as girdling or MS girdling. This not so exciting hug can last anywhere from a few seconds to hours at a time! The good news is the MS Hug does not mean the MS has progressed; it is just having what I refer to as a temper tantrum and will go away!

What exactly does the MS Hug feel like? Like Multiple Sclerosis itself, the MS Hug is very unpredictable and experienced differently by each person. Some that have experienced the MS Hug have pressure around the waist, torso or neck instead of pain. Some people encounter a band of tingling in the waist, torso or neck. Others that experience the MS Hug have a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull widespread aching feeling. During the MS Hug some may also experience a sensation of squeezing, crushing, MS Hugcrawling feelings under the skin, hot or cold burning or even pin and needles.

How is the MS Hug treated? Considering the MS Hug is a result of muscle spasms, the pain that is felt is neurologic in nature. This basically means this is nerve pain which can be difficult to resolve. Believe me I know how frustrating that is to hear, but sadly it is true! I have dealt with the wonderful MS Hug many times and it is never a pleasant hug! Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen are not likely to bring any true relief. According to the National MS Society the drug classes approved to treat the nerve pain from the MS Hug are: antispasticity medications (ex. diazepam), anticonvulsants medications (ex. gabapentin) and antidepressants (ex. amitriptyline). Please remember that I am not a medical professional, I just have personal experience with the MS Hug and this is what was recommended to me previously. 

What are possible triggers of the MS Hug? As with everything else involved with Multiple Sclerosis, triggers vary from person to person. However the most common triggers are: heat, stress and fatigue, all times when the body is not running at 100%. This could be an indication that rest needs to increase, take time to cool off from the heat properly and find ways to de-stress. We all know that excessive heat is very unhealthy and that too much stress is detrimental to all of us!

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My personal experiences with the infamous MS Hug have been limited, but they have happened WAY more than I would have liked! I have actually been dealing with this hug on and off for a few days now, but of course was trying to just ignore it as I always do. I have not done the appropriate things to help heal, like finding ways to de-stress. Of course I know better, but I continue to take on more stress instead of brushing it off! It is so important to know there are somethings in life we have NO control over, so why bother allowing that into our lives? I ask myself that question daily, but yet I do always try to help others that do not seem to appreciate or even really want my help! I guess I will learn my lesson someday! 

Just out of curiosity, have any of you experienced the MS Hug? The name makes it sound so sweet and wonderful, but my goodness it has never been welcomed or enjoyed! I am hoping that considering I am doing what is necessary this hug will go away soon and NOT come back anytime soon. I feel like MS does not understand personal boundaries. Unwelcome and unwanted hugs definitely invades my personal space! 

I sincerely appreciate you visiting my site today! I look forward to any comments you may have and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can. Thank goodness we are half way through the week and the weekend will be here soon! I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Positive thoughts for Monday!

Monday 1Good evening Y’all! I hope you had a great start to the week! Monday is never the most exciting day of the week, but they keep coming no matter if we are ready or not! I try to view Monday as a fresh start to a new week that holds many new opportunities. Any goals that may not have been accomplished last week, we can try again this week! I believe in never giving up on something we truly want! It is important to set goals, but also not stress much about them as that is not healthy. What ever is not accomplished today, try again tomorrow!

I strongly believe in staying positive as much as possible. A negative frame of mind will never help us achieve anything we strive towards. If we approach everything in life with an optimistic mind, we can conquer anything and everything we dream of. When you think about what your goals are for this week, what are they? These goals do not need to be anything huge, they can be as little as wanting to get a manicure and pedicure, which is what my minor goal for the week is! You might be the type of person that is always taking care of everyone else, but tend to neglect the simple pleasures in life you enjoy. Have you ever wondered why do 1-new-monday-new-week-new-goalswe do that? It is extremely important to take care of ourselves or we will never be well enough to do all the other things we do in life. 

We always hear how short life is, but sometimes it feels very long! It is so important to do the things that bring us joy and a lot of happiness. Have you ever really thought about what brings you the most happiness in life? I think we should all set a simple goal for ourselves this week and that is to do something that makes us truly happy! There is SO much negativity every time you turn on the news, so lets pretend for a moment it is not happening. Let’s not worry about all the bad that is going on and all the bad that could happen and just think happy thoughts! This is what I call my little bubble! 

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I am looking forward to reading your comments. I always respond to all comments just as quickly as I can! I love the communications we all have! I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening! I am always sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa